Sunday, February 14, 2010
Love and Graham Cracker Fluff
Oh my goodness, this is great stuff! I am, I confess, prone to hyperbole, but please believe me when I tell you that Graham Cracker Fluff is amazing. It is a lightly sweet, fluffy pudding surrounded by the perfect chewiness of graham cracker crumbs. Thanks to our friend Sylvester Graham once again. By the way, per his recommendation, I am making sincere attempts to have cheerful conversations at mealtimes.
My cousin Beckie recommended this recipe and also provided the idea of making a design on top. In honor of this holiday of love, I chose a heart design. Well... the heart is a bit bedraggled now because we dove right into this dessert and found it hard to stop! I am so glad I tried it and I encourage you to try it too.
Before I tasted this fluffy delight, I was thinking that I might write about love in its more quotidian forms. That is, the everyday forms of love that our family and friends show us and that we can take for granted until we don't have them. The hello hugs, goodbye wishes, morning coffee, clean-up duties, oil changes, and so on. On such daily events does our sense of lovedness rest at times and I wanted to acknowledge their significance. However, when I tasted Graham Cracker Fluff, I was reminded of those times when love just knocks our socks off. (I told you it is good!) Aren't we glad for those times too? The miracle of birth, hearing the words "I love you" from someone who makes our heart sing, being forgiven, seeing the outpouring of a community for its homeless members, a really beautiful musical performance, and so many more moments which stir our senses and fill our hearts to full and overflowing.
Quotidian acts of love, knockin' your socks off love, and mostly the love which is shed abroad in our hearts (Romans 5:5) are all reasons to smile and feel warmth on this cold and windy Valentines Day.
Here is the recipe for Graham Cracker Fluff.
2 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar,
2/3 cup milk
1 package gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
2 egg whites
1 cup whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla
3 T melted butter
3 T sugar
12 graham crackers
Beat egg yolks and add sugar and milk. Cook over low heat until slightly thickened. Soak gelatin in the cold water.
Pour hot mixture over softened gelatin and stir until smooth.
Chill until slightly thickened.
Beat the whipping cream and vanilla together and add this with the stiffly beaten egg whites to chilled mixture.
Combine melted butter, crushed graham crackers and sugar to make crumbs.
Sprinkly half of crumbs in bottom of serving dish.
Add mixture and top with remaining crumbs( this is your chance to be creative, make your beloved's countenance maybe?)
Let chill in refrigerator until set. It doesn't take long.
So, go ahead, knock someone's socks off with a bit of fluff!
Happy Valentines Day,